Don't Close Your Eyes, by Christie Craig is Here!
Don't Close Your Eyes
by Christie Craig
This author has been a favorite of mine for laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy so I was eager to read an early copy of this book since it was something different than I was used to reading from her. The suspense and mystery gave the book a more somber tone, but the romance was still captivating and emotional, with her trademark humor peeking through.
Mark Sutton is a detective who has been demoted to the cold case unit due to unprofessional behavior. With each case, especially those involving children, he loses another small piece of his soul. His routine is work, take his dog for a run, work, grab coffee at the local coffee shop, and more work. After a family gathering shakes more details of her recurring nightmare loose, Annie Lakes walks into Mark's office to discuss a possible murder from over two decades ago, and Mark realizes she's the beautiful woman he sees regularly at his coffee shop. As Mark begins to investigate, the attraction between them grows and their lives become tangled together.
From the first page, Craig's talent for crafting a story quickly drew me in and kept me glued to the page. These characters were so authentic and humanly flawed that they easily made a place for themselves in my heart. Their struggle, pain and uncertainty were realistic and genuine, and I felt every emotion along with them.
After a tragic personal event Mark feels like he doesn’t deserve happiness, and his colorless days are spent trying to make up for one mistake. Annie has brought her life back from complete devastation and finally found her footing, only to realize her mother has been lying to Annie her entire life. Feeling betrayed and alone, she’s drawn to Mark's strength. Annie's kindness, goodness pure heart bring light to Mark's darkness, give his heart new life and help his soul mend.
If you like romantic suspense with a riveting storyline, a little heat and humor, and a story full of heart, you’ll love this book by this masterful storyteller.